News & Notes: Day After Signing With Ravens, Paul Worrilow Asks for Release

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Less than 24 hours after signing with the Ravens, linebacker Paul Worrilow requested his release and it was granted.

There are conflicting reports about whether the 29-year-old linebacker has decided to retire or is still pondering his football future after spending six years in the NFL.

Worrilow was a three-year starter for the Atlanta Falcons (2013-2015). He started eight games for the Detroit Lions in 2017, then signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 but never played in a game for them after tearing his ACL during OTAs.

The Ravens signed the former undrafted Delaware product Friday to add a proven veteran presence in the middle of their linebacker corps, which is headlined by Patrick Onwuasor, Kenny Young and Chris Board, who is currently dealing with a concussion.

“I spoke to him last night and he was great. He was all ready and excited to go. So I was surprised,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said.

I assume he’s trying to figure things out and working things out with what he wants to do – he and his family. Every person has the right to do that, so we’ll just kind of see what he decides. We’ll respect it, whatever it is.”

The Ravens also waived veteran inside linebacker Nicholas Grigsby, who they signed on July 31.

Time for Ravens’ Starting Offensive Line to Be Assembled

The Ravens have been shuffling, resting and experimenting with their offensive line for much of the summer trying to find the best starting five.

Now it’s time to settle on a group and get rolling, Harbaugh said.

Veteran Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda and left tackle Ronnie Stanley returned to the practice field Saturday. Yanda had been dealing with a minor foot issue. Matt Skura is the center and Orlando Brown Jr. is the right tackle.

The one spot that’s still a question mark, at least to reporters and fans, is left guard. Jermaine Eluemunor, James Hurst and rookies Ben Powers and Patrick Mekari have been competing for the starting job.

“The three young guys that you’re referring to played very well [in Philadelphia],” Harbaugh said. “All three of them did a good job. They all put themselves in contention. We just have to figure out what we’re going to do.

“Now, at the end of training camp, it’s probably time to get our continuity lined up and get ready for the opening games.”

Robert Griffin III Is on Track for Regular Season Opener

Quarterback Robert Griffin III was a little more active during Saturday’s practice portion open to the media, showing he’s making progress toward a return from a broken finger in his throwing hand.

Griffin has been forced to sit out the entire preseason, but Harbaugh said he is on track to be ready for the regular-season opener in Miami.

“Yes, he is on schedule. It shouldn’t be a problem,” Harbaugh said.

That means the Ravens will have two healthy quarterbacks when they need it, which could impact the decision on whether to keep rookie sixth-round pick Trace McSorley.

Harbaugh said he would like to get McSorley some special teams reps in the preseason finale in Washington, but will have to see. He’ll still play a lot on offense.

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